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White House finalizes Federal Source Code policy; will launch Code.gov within 90 days

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The White House on Monday published its finalized Federal Source Code policy, designed to encourage federal agencies to share code with each other, as well as the open-source software (OSS) development community.

The policy, a draft of which was released last March for public comment, requires that any new custom source code developed by or for the U.S. government be made available for re-use across all federal agencies, in an effort to reduce duplicative spending on software. Under a three-year pilot program, agencies must also publicly release at least 20 percent of their new custom source code as OSS. For national security reasons, cybersecurity code is exempt.

According to the policy, the Obama administration will within 90 days launch a new website, Code.gov, that will offer “tools, guides, and best practices specifically designed to help agencies implement” the policy. “Second, it will serve as the primary discoverability portal for custom-developed code intended both for government-wide reuse and for potential release as OSS.”

Bradley Barth

As director of multimedia content strategy at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for online conferences, webcasts, podcasts video/multimedia projects — often serving as moderator or host. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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